A day in the life of a structural engineer

A day in the life of a structural engineer

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The webinar will consist of 5 presenters who will share their knowledge and experience in the transportation industry and take part in a open Q&A panel session at the end. 

Annie Scott – The devil really is in the detail
I’m a structural engineer born and bred in Auckland. I have six years of experience, with two of those years being based in the Netherlands. My first four years in New Zealand was predominantly spent as one of the main design engineers for Commercial Bay. I worked on the H&M building, main retail building, and basement structure. In the Netherlands I worked on the seismic assessment and strengthening of masonry and timber buildings. While overseas I also studied to sit the IStructE exam and interview to achieve chartered status. I returned to New Zealand mid 2020, and am now working for Jensen McArley Austin. 

I will talk through some specific challenges I’ve faced with the design of beam-column joints, allowing for seismic displacements, designing large transfer beams for crack widths under SLS loading and displacement compatibility of structures with different materials.

Jess Orpwood – Senior Structural Engineer
Jess has six years of industry experience with her main practise area being in structural engineering. She has experience in the design of apartment, educational and sustainable buildings as well as assessment and strengthening of existing buildings. She is committed to connecting people in the infrastructure industry and sharing knowledge. She is the Chair of the Structural Engineering Society (SESOC) Otago Branch, a committee member for Women Infrastructure Network (WIN) Queenstown, an Engineering New Zealand Wonder Project Ambassador and one of New Zealand’s Supporting Engineers for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

Jess will share her career path to date including the move from Christchurch to Queenstown. She will share some of the challenges she experienced along the way as well as some of her success stories. She will leave you with a couple of quick tips she wishes she heard at the beginning of her career.

Fred Houet 
Fred Houet is a Franco-Irish Project Engineer at Holmes Consulting with 16 year experience in the structural engineering field. He as worked on projects in the UK, France, Sweden, Norway, Italy, USA, North Africa, Middle East and New Zealand. He has worked in NZ for the last 8 years and has worked on projects including Sylvia Park, Emirates team NZ base, Commercial Bay, Wynyard Quarter, Christchurch Justice Precinct, Albany swimming pool. He is involved in technical advancement and parametric design at Holmes.

Laura Schwass
Laura is a Design Engineer at Holmes Consulting in Christchurch. She studied at Canterbury University and graduated with BE (Hons) Civil in 2017. Since then she has been working on a wide range of projects, and has a particular interest in heritage structures. Laura also acts as the Deputy Chair for the SESOC Emerging Structural Engineers Network.

Laura will discuss her career so far and what drew her to structural engineering, as well as the opportunities she has had along the way. This ranges from design tasks, to construction monitoring, working on high profile buildings and being a part of an industry technical group. She will also share some of the lessons she has learned, and her latest project experience as part of the Christ Church Cathedral design team.

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Date And Time

2021-02-10 @ 05:00 PM to
2021-02-10 @ 06:00 PM


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